Katya Kazbek: Discourse in DangerFebruary 2016
The state of Russian literature today
Franco Galdini: Kyrgyz Mercenary, Friend or Foe?December 2015
Russia’s long shadow over Central Asia.
Boundaries of Nations: What a joke American pool is. They play with miniature sticks on a tiny table with a bunch of tiny multicolored balls, a bunch of toy balls, just like between their American legs.
Putting Out the Syrian FireOctober 2015
Can diplomacy do what war couldn’t?
I’ll Die and Be Right ThereMay 2015
He told them about the Internet, Steam, Apple, and Microsoft, which were the other names of Satan.
Liesl Schillinger: Darkness at MidnightMarch 2015
Boris Nemtsov had the courage to demand justice in Russia and to challenge Putin's regime; it cost him his life.
Pepe Escobar: Go West, Young HanDecember 2014
As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian pirouette.
Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?December 2014
Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).
Michael Klare: Obama’s New Oil WarsOctober 2014
Washington wields the oil weapon.
Ben Steele: Russia’s Violent IntoleranceOctober 2014
Lara Zarum talks to Steele, director of the documentary Hunted, about his experience following Russia’s brutal anti-gay vigilante groups.
Pepe Escobar: Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington out of Eurasia?October 2014
The future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin alliance.
Sisi Wei: Disappearing Voices and Supporting RussiaSeptember 2014
The Russian government’s efforts to silence critics is getting help from an unlikely source: a San Francisco-based blogging company.
Richard Falk: Obama and Hubris at West PointJune 2014
Rejecting mindless militarism won't be the end of ultranationalism.
They had never been this far out in the lake, this lost, this on their own.
Pepe Escobar: Who’s Pivoting Where in Eurasia?May 2014
What you need to know about Russia and China's 'Pipelineistan' gas deal.
Alyssa McMurtry: Mother Russia’s ResurgenceApril 2014
As tensions rise in Ukraine, it's important as ever to understand the thinking behind Russia's bellicose behavior.
Mitch Swenson: Postcards from UkraineMarch 2014
From Kiev to Crimea, glimpses of daily life against a fast-changing political backdrop.
Little FailuresMarch 2014
The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.
Gay Propaganda and Russia’s Shrinking Public SpaceFebruary 2014
The investigative journalist on anti-queer campaigns and the "catastrophe" of exile.
The Matiushin CaseFebruary 2014
I don’t bear the army any grudge. I think they did right to beat me.
Necessary EvilJanuary 2014
Think of your being a Jew in terms of having been born with clubfoot: unfortunate, of course, but not the end of the world.
Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American ChristmasJanuary 2014
In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.
Radka Franczak: Painting the Past in a New RussiaNovember 2013
Ela Bittencourt talks to the director of Losing Sonia, a profile of an Orthodox nun and icon painter who reflects the changes in modern Russia.
Jannis Brühl: Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?September 2013
Retracing the steps of Syria's chemical arsenal.
Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons CrisisSeptember 2013
If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.
Richard Falk: Snowden’s Post-Asylum RelevanceAugust 2013
With Snowden temporarily safe in Russia, the impact of his leaks on U.S. foreign relations is still an open question.
Richard Falk: Geopolitical Winds Blow in China’s DirectionJuly 2013
With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.
“Your father lets you dress like this?” Dinara said.
Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?May 2013
Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary KnowledgeJanuary 2013
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.
Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead WorldsDecember 2012
Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.
Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of CashNovember 2012
he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.
A Rioter’s PrayerNovember 2012
Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom
Nathaniel Rich: Bulgakov’s The Master and MargaritaOctober 2012
Bulgakov's masterpiece remains a reminder that you can't fight fire with fire.
Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing StatementsAugust 2012
Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.
David Vine: The Lily-Pad StrategyJuly 2012
The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
7 RoomsJanuary 2012
In Russian, a language in which there is a separate word for everything, the word “country” means both the territory and the government.
[Like a nation’s bulk that has started]February 2011 Like a nation’s bulk that has started / to make the earth sweat, / the dust-encrusted armada / of the herd
[The Ministry of Hot Water]October 2010
The Ministry of Hot Water / has posted an opening: Director. / Well, why not, we can take that on.